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The nominees and winners of the 2006 Laurence Olivier Awards

Best Actress
Winner:
Eve Best for HEDDA GABLER at the Almeida and Duke of York’s

Nominees:
Clare Higgins for DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Lyric
Helen McCrory for AS YOU LIKE IT at Wyndham’s
Janet McTeer for MARY STUART at the Donmar Warehouse and Apollo
Harriet Walter for MARY STUART at the Donmar Warehouse and Apollo

Best Actor
Winner:
Brian Dennehy for DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Lyric

Nominees:
Richard Griffiths for HEROES at Wyndham’s
Derek Jacobi for DON CARLOS at the Gielgud
Con O’Neill for TELSTAR at the New Ambassadors
David Threlfall for SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME at the New Ambassadors

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Winner: Noma Dumezweni for A RAISIN IN THE SUN Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith

Nominees:
David Bradley for HENRY IV PARTS I & II at the Olivier
Benedict Cumberbatch for HEDDA GABLER at the Almeida and Duke of York’s
Anne Reid for EPITAPH FOR GEORGE DILLON at the Comedy
Paul Ritter for CORAM BOY at the Olivier

Best New Play
Winner: ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD by Simon Stephens at the Cottesloe


Nominees:
CORAM BOY adapted by Helen Edmundson from a novel by Jamila Gavin at the Olivier
HARVEST by Richard Bean at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
PAUL by Howard Brenton at the Cottesloe

Best New Comedy
Winner: HEROES by Gérald Sibleyras translated by Tom Stoppard at Wyndham’s

Nominees:
GLORIOUS! by Peter Quilter at the Duchess
SHOOT THE CROW by Owen McCafferty at Trafalgar Studio 1

Best Entertainment
Winner: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES at the Cambridge

Nominees:
BLUE MAN GROUP at the New London
DUCKTASTIC at the Albery

Best Revival
Winner: HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Richard Eyre at the Almeida and Duke of York’s

Nominees:

DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller at the Lyric
DON CARLOS by Friedrich Schiller in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton at the Gielgud
MARY STUART by Friedrich Schiller in a new version by Peter Oswald at the Donmar Warehouse and Apollo

Best New Musical
Winner: BILLY ELLIOT – THE MUSICAL book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John at the Victoria Palace

Nominees:
ACORN ANTIQUES – THE MUSICAL! Book, music and lyrics by Victoria Wood at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
THE BIG LIFE written by Paul Sirett, music by Paul Joseph at the Apollo

Outstanding Musical Production
Winner:
GUYS AND DOLLS based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows at the Piccadilly

Nominees:
HMS PINAFORE a new version by Herbert Appleman, music by Arthur Sullivan. Original libretto by W. S. Gilbert at the Open Air

Best Actress in a Musical
Winner: Jane Krakowski for GUYS AND DOLLS at the Piccadilly

Nominees:
Haydn Gwynne for BILLY ELLIOT – THE MUSICAL at the Victoria Palace
Jenna Russell for GUYS AND DOLLS at the Piccadilly
Julie Walters for ACORN ANTIQUES – THE MUSICAL! at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Best Actor in a Musical
Winner: James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower for BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL at the Victoria Palace

Nominees:
Douglas Hodge for GUYS AND DOLLS at the Piccadilly
Ewan McGregor for GUYS AND DOLLS at the Piccadilly

Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Winner: Celia Imrie for ACORN ANTIQUES – THE MUSICAL! at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Nominees:
Tameka Empson for THE BIG LIFE at the Apollo
Tim Healy for BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL at the Victoria Palace
Scarlett Strallen for HMS PINAFORE at the Open Air

Best Director
Winner: Richard Eyre for HEDDA GABLER at the Almeida and Duke of York’s


Nominees:
Stephen Daldry for BILLY ELLIOT – THE MUSICAL at the Victoria Palace
Michael Grandage for DON CARLOS at the Gielgud
Phyllida Lloyd for MARY STUART at the Donmar Warehouse and Apollo
Melly Still for CORAM BOY at the Olivier

Best Theatre Choreographer
Winner: Peter Darling for BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL at the Victoria Palace

Nominees:
Rob Ashford for GUYS AND DOLLS at the Piccadilly

Best Lighting Design
Winner: DON CARLOS designed by Paule Constable at the Gielgud


Nominees:
BILLY ELLIOT – THE MUSICAL designed by Rick Fisher at the Victoria Palace
MARY STUART designed by Hugh Vanstone at the Donmar Warehouse and Apollo
GUYS AND DOLLS designed by Howard Harrison at the Piccadilly

Best Set Design
Winner: HEDDA GABLER designed by Rob Howell at the Almeida and Duke of York’s


Nominees:
BILLY ELLIOT – THE MUSICAL designed by Ian MacNeil at the Victoria Palace
DON CARLOS designed by Christopher Oram at the Gielgud

Best Costume Design
Winner:
THE DOG IN THE MANGER designed by Es Devlin at the Playhouse

Nominees:
DON CARLOS designed by Christopher Oram at the Gielgud
HEDDA GABLER designed by Rob Howell at the Almeida and Duke of York’s
MARY STUART designed by Anthony Ward at the Donmar Warehouse and Apollo

Best Sound Design
Winner:
BILLY ELLIOT – THE MUSICAL designed by Paul Arditti at the Victoria Palace

Nominees:
CORAM BOY designed by Christopher Shutt at the Olivier
GUYS AND DOLLS designed by Terry Jardine & Chris Full at the Piccadilly

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Winner:
BLOODY SUNDAY – SCENES FROM THE SAVILLE INQUIRY at the Tricycle

Nominees:
COMFORT ME WITH APPLES at Hampstead
MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court
Laura Wade for BREATHING CORPSES at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court and COLDER THAN HERE at Soho

Best New Dance Production
Winner: Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant’s PUSH at Sadler’s Wells

Nominees:
Rambert Dance Company’s CONSTANT SPEED at Sadler’s Wells
Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s GISELLE at the Barbican
Akram Khan/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Antony Gormley/Nitin Sawhney’s ZERO DEGREES at Sadler’s Wells

Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Winner: Pina Bausch for the creation of NELKEN and PALERMO PALERMO at Sadler’s Wells

Nominees:
Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s corps de ballet for their season at Sadler’s Wells
Johan Kobborg for his performance in the Royal Ballet’s THE LESSON and his production of LA SYLPHIDE at the Royal Opera House
Russell Maliphant for his choreography and performance in PUSH at Sadler’s Wells

Best New Opera Production
Winner: English National Opera’s MADAM BUTTERFLY at the London Coliseum

Nominees:

English National Opera’s BILLY BUDD at the London Coliseum
English National Opera’s LA CLEMENZA DI TITO at the London Coliseum
English National Opera’s ON THE TOWN at the London Coliseum

Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Winner: Simon Keenlyside for his performances in the Royal Opera’s 1984 at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera’s BILLY BUDD at the London Coliseum

Nominees:
Sarah Connolly for her performance in English National Opera’s LA CLEMENZA DI TITO at the London Coliseum
David McVicar for his direction of English National Opera’s LA CLEMENZA DI TITO at the London Coliseum
Anthony Minghella and Carolyn Choa for the direction and choreography of English National Opera’s MADAM BUTTERFLY at the London Coliseum

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